The new Porsche 911 is scheduled to be released in 2012. This 48 year old car, fundamentally unchanged since being first released, is now entering a new stage in its storied history. If this car would be up to the hype is a completely different story. But looking at its specs, the 2012 911 Carrera has everything needed to carry the 911 name proudly.
The shape is still the same old 911. But for 2012, it features some changes. For instance, despite a reduced overall height, the wheelbase is increased by almost 4 inches. A visual impression of width, from the traditional wide arched fenders to the new side mirrors, is created quite spectacularly. But the modifications on the exterior is more than just skin deep. The body panels are composed of an aluminum steel composite that allows a reduction of weight by about 100 pounds compared to last year’s model. In addition, it is aerodynamically constructed, with an overall drag coefficient of 0.29.
A new 3.6 liter engine raises new standards. With an output improved to 345 horsepower and an improved fuel efficiency rating, it is a huge leap forward for the 911 on both categories. And of course, the trademark 911 handling, partly aided by the increased wheelbase and wider front track, is as strong as ever.
The 2012 Porsche 911 has debuted in the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show last September. And it is safe to say that the world has glimpsed the future of the legendary 911. And truth be told, it is still as good as ever.
|Vehicle Type: Coupe||Base Price: $79,000.00|
|Fuel Tank Capacity: 16.9 gallons (37854 liters)||Miles Per Gallon: 18 city / 25 hwy|
|Length: 175.6 in. (446 cm)||Wheel Base: 92.5 in. (235 cm)|
|Height: 51.5 in. (131 cm)||Width: 71 in. (180 cm)|
|Curb Weight: 3075 lbs (1395 kg)||Ground Clearance: NA|
|Luggage Capacity: 4.8 cu ft||Maximum Seating: 4 people|
|Engine: 3.6L 24-Valve DOHC Flat-6||Compression Ratio: 12.5: 1|
|Horsepower: 345 HP||Max RPM: 6500 RPM|
|Torque: 288 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm||Transmission: 6-Speed Manual|
|0-60 mph: 4.7 seconds||Maximum Speed: 180 mph (289 km/h)|